Strange Names for Groups of Animals

I was recently watching D-News, well, listening, and they mentioned that a group of crows are called a murder. I know many gatherings or groups of creatures have different odd names so I figured I list out the ones I know or could find for reference and trivia purposes. Here goes (some sourced from Wikipedia so if they’re wrong I’ll correct them- speak up!)

There are 249 at last count. Lets see how high we can get this.
List below the break.

  1. Albatross come in groups called a rookery (sounds like a chess game)
  2. Alligators come in groups called a congregation (same a churches I suppose…)
  3. Alpaca come in groups called a herd
  4. Antelope come in groups called a herd
  5. Apes come in groups called a shrewdness or troop
  6. Antelope come in groups called a herd
  7. Ants come in groups called a colony, army, swarm or nest (or pests in my opinion)
  8. Armadillo come in groups called a roll (get it?)
  9. Asses come in groups called a pace, herd or drove (sounds like people again)
  10. Auks come in groups called a colony, flock or raft
  11. Baboons come in groups called a troop or flange
  12. Bacteria come in groups called a culture
  13. Badgers come in groups called a cete, colony, set or company
  14. Barracudas come in groups called a battery (why not a shoal?)
  15. Bats come in groups called a colony or cloud
  16. Bass come in groups called a shoal
  17. Bears come in groups called a sloth, sleuth or litter
  18. Beavers come in groups called a colony or family
  19. Bees come in groups called a grist, hive, swarm or nest
  20. Birds come in groups called a brood, clutch, flight, flock or dissimulation
  21. Bison come in groups called a herd
  22. Bitterns come in groups called a sedge, or seige
  23. Bloodhounds come in groups called a sute
  24. Bobolinks come in groups called a chain
  25. Boar sounder or singular
  26. Buffalo come in groups called a herd, troop, gang, or obstinancy
  27. Bullfinches come in groups called a bellowing
  28. Bullocks come in groups called a drove
  29. Butterflies come in groups called a flight, or flutter (flock should be here too, ever seen a group of Monarchs??)
  30. Buzzards come in groups called a wake (how appropriate)
  31. Camels come in groups called a caravan, train, or flock (flock should not be here)
  32. Capons come in groups called a mews
  33. Caribou come in groups called a herd
  34. Caterpillars come in groups called a army (ask any farmer)
  35. Cats come in groups called a clowder, clutter, pounce, dout, nuisance, glorying, or glare (I prefer pack or herd)
  36. Cattle come in groups called a drove, herd, or team
  37. Cheetahs come in groups called a coalition
  38. Chickens come in groups called a brood, or peep (or a flock- for any birds really)
  39. Chicks come in groups called a clutch, or chattering (any kind of bird)
  40. Chinchilla come in groups called a colony
  41. Choughs come in groups called a clattering
  42. Clams come in groups called a bed (or a meal…)
  43. Cobras come in groups called a quiver (like arrows??)
  44. Cockroaches come in groups called a intrusion (or infestation or pests….)
  45. Cod come in groups called a lap
  46. Colts come in groups called a rag, or rake Coots come in groups called a cover, or raft
  47. Cormorants come in groups called a gulp
  48. Cows come in groups called a kine
  49. Coyotes come in groups called a band
  50. Crabs come in groups called a cast
  51. Cranes come in groups called a sedge, or siege
  52. Crocodiles come in groups called a bask, or float
  53. Crones come in groups called a cackle
  54. Crows come in groups called a murder, horde, parcel, or storytelling
  55. Cur Dogs come in groups called a cowardice
    1. (From Wikipedia-The term cur refers to a mongrel dog. Originally the word cur referred to a certain British purpose-bred, short-tailed cattle droving dog known only from historical records, the cur dog, but in modern usage it applies to any mongrel. Among dog experts curs are any of several closely related North American purpose-bred treeing, some of which have since achieved breed recognition.
  56. Curlews come in groups called a herd
  57. Debutants come in groups called a bevy or soirée (humans…)
  58. Deer come in groups called a herd, leash, or gang
  59. Dinosaur come in groups called a herd or pack
  60. Dogs come in groups called a kennel (or a pack)
  61. Dolphins come in groups called a pod
  62. Donkeys come in groups called a drove, pace, or herd
  63. Dotterel come in groups called a trip
  64. Doves come in groups called a arc, dule, bevy, cote, dole, or paddling
  65. Ducks come in groups called a floc, brace, or badling
  66. Dunlins come in groups called a fling
  67. Eagles come in groups called a convocation, or aerie
  68. Eels come in groups called a swarm, bed, or fry
  69. Elephants come in groups called a herd, or memory
  70. Elk come in groups called a gang, or herd
  71. Emus come in groups called a mob
  72. Falcons come in groups called a cast
  73. Fat men come in groups called a bloat (ha ha)
  74. Ferrets come in groups called a business, cast, or fesnying
  75. Finches come in groups called a charm
  76. Fish come in groups called a draft, nest, shoal, school, catch, drought, or haul (yeah, haul when we catch them)
  77. Flamingoes come in groups called a stand, or flamboyance
  78. Flies come in groups called a business, swarm, or cloud
  79. Frogs come in groups called a army, colony, or knot
  80. Fox come in groups called a leash, skulk, earth, lead, or troop
  81. Game Birds come in groups called a volary, brace, plump or knob
  82. Geese come in groups called a flock, skein, gaggle, herd, or corps
  83. Baby Geese are known as goslings
  84. Gerbil come in groups called a horde
  85. Giraffes come in groups called a herd, corps or tower
  86. Gnats come in groups called a cloud, horde, or swarm
  87. Gnus come in groups called a implausibility
  88. Goats come in groups called a tribe, trip, drove, herd, or flock
  89. Goldfinches come in groups called a charm
  90. Goldfish come in groups called a glint, or troubling
  91. Gorillas come in groups called a band, or troop
  92. Goshawks come in groups called a flight
  93. Grasshoppers come in groups called a cloud
  94. Greyhounds come in groups called a leash
  95. Grouse come in groups called a pack, or covey
  96. Guillemots come in groups called a bazaar
  97. Guinea pigs come in groups called a muddle
  98. Gulls come in groups called a colony, or screech
  99. Guinea Fowl come in groups called a confusion
  100. Hamster come in groups called a horde
  101. Hare come in groups called a warren, down or husk
  102. Hawks come in groups called a cast, kettle or oil
  103. Hedgehogs come in groups called a array
  104. Herons come in groups called a sedge, siege, or hedge
  105. Herring come in groups called a army, or shoal
  106. Hippopotamuses come in groups called a bloat
  107. Hogs come in groups called a drove, or herd
  108. Hornets come in groups called a nest, or bike
  109. Horses come in groups called a team, harras, stable, troop, or stud
  110. Hound Dogs come in groups called a cry, mute, or pack
  111. Humans come in groups called a clan, crowd, family, community, gang, mob, or tribe (murder should apply here too..)
  112. Hummingbirds come in groups called a charm
  113. Husbands come in groups called a couch or bench (I resemble that!!)
  114. Hyenas come in groups called a cackle
  115. Impalas come in groups called a herd
  116. Insects come in groups called a horde, nest, swarm, rabble, or plague
  117. Jackrabbit come in groups called a husk
  118. Jays come in groups called a party, scold, or band (flock)
  119. Jellyfish come in groups called a smack, or brood (swarm)
  120. Kangaroos come in groups called a troop, mob, or herd
  121. Kittens come in groups called a kindle, litter, or intrigue
  122. Koala come in groups called a cling
  123. Ladybirds come in groups called a loveliness
  124. Lapwings come in groups called a deceit
  125. Larks come in groups called a exaltation, or ascension
  126. Leopards come in groups called a leap
  127. Lice come in groups called a flock
  128. Lions come in groups called a pride, sault, or troop
  129. Lizards come in groups called a lounge
  130. Llama come in groups called a cria herd
  131. Locusts come in groups called a plague (or swarm)
  132. Magpies come in groups called a tiding, gulp, murder, or charm
  133. Mallards come in groups called a brace or sord
  134. Martens come in groups called a richness
  135. Mice come in groups called a mischief or nest (pests..)
  136. Midges come in groups called a Bite
  137. Minnows come in groups called a shoal, steam, or swarm
  138. Moles come in groups called a labor, company, or movement
  139. Monkeys come in groups called a troop, barrel, carload, cartload, or tribe
  140. Moose come in groups called a herd
  141. Mosquitoes come in groups called a scourge
  142. Mudhens come in groups called a fleet
  143. Mules come in groups called a pack, span, barren, or rake
  144. Nightingales come in groups called a watch
  145. Opossum come in groups called a grin
  146. Ostrich come in groups called a flock
  147. Otters come in groups called a romp, bevy, family, or raft
  148. Owls come in groups called a parliament, or stare
  149. Oxen come in groups called a team, yoke, or drove
  150. Oysters come in groups called a bed
  151. Pandas come in groups called a bamboo
  152. Parrots come in groups called a company, or pandemonium (flock…)
  153. Partridge come in groups called a covey, or bew
  154. Peacocks come in groups called a muster, ostentation, or pride
  155. Pekingese come in groups called a pomp
  156. Pelicans come in groups called a pod
  157. Penguins come in groups called a colony, rookery, huddle, crèche,
  158. Pheasants come in groups called a nest, nye, nide, or bouquet
  159. Pigeons come in groups called a flight, flock, or kit
  160. Pigs come in groups called a drift, drove, singular, sounder, team, passel, drift, or parcel
  161. Pilchards come in groups called a shoal
  162. Platypus come in groups called a puddle
  163. Plovers come in groups called a congregation or wing
  164. Polecats come in groups called a chine
  165. Ponies come in groups called a string
  166. Porcupines come in groups called a prickle
  167. Porpoises come in groups called a herd, pod, school, crowd, or shoal
  168. Prairie Dogs come in groups called a coterie
  169. Pronghorn come in groups called a herd
  170. Ptarmigans come in groups called a covey
  171. Puppies come in groups called a litter
  172. Quail come in groups called a Bevy, covey
  173. Rabbits come in groups called a colony, warren, bury, trace, trip, herd, litter or nest
  174. Raccoons come in groups called a gaze
  175. Rats come in groups called a colony, pack, plague, or swarm
  176. Rattlesnakes come in groups called a rhumba or coil
  177. Ravens come in groups called a unkindness, or storytelling
  178. Reindeer come in groups called a herd
  179. Rhinoceroses come in groups called a crash, or stubbornness
  180. Roebucks come in groups called a bevy
  181. Rooks come in groups called a building, clamor, or parliament
  182. Ruffs come in groups called a hill
  183. Salmon come in groups called a run
  184. Sand Dollars come in groups called a purse
  185. Sandpipers come in groups called a fling
  186. Sardines come in groups called a family
  187. Scorpions come in groups called a bed, nest
  188. Seabirds come in groups called a Wreck
  189. Seals come in groups called a pod, bob, harem, herd, or rookery
  190. Seastar come in groups called a constellation
  191. Sea Urchin come in groups called a vagrant (should be same as sand dollars)
  192. Serval come in groups called a sluthe
  193. Sharks come in groups called a shiver, school, or shoal
  194. Sheep come in groups called a drove, flock, down, hurtle, fold, pack, or trip
  195. Sheldrakes come in groups called a doading
  196. Skunk come in groups called a surfeit
  197. Skylarks come in groups called a exultation
  198. Squirrels come in groups called a dray, scurry
  199. Snails come in groups called a escargatoire, rout, or walk
  200. Snakes come in groups called a den, nest, pit, bed, or knot
  201. Snipe come in groups called a walk, or wisp (or you were dumb enough to go on a snipe hunt)
  202. Sparrows come in groups called a host
  203. Spiders come in groups called a cluster, or clutter
  204. Springbok come in groups called a herd
  205. Squirrels come in groups called a dray, or scurry
  206. Shrews (mouse-like animal) come in groups called a whisker
  207. Shrews (women) come in groups called a quarrel or nag
  208. Starlings come in groups called a murmuration, or chattering
  209. Stingrays come in groups called a fever
  210. Stoats come in groups called a pack, trip
  211. Storks come in groups called a mustering, or muster
  212. Swallows come in groups called a flight, or gulp
  213. Swans come in groups called a bevy, bank, herd, wedge, or flight
  214. Swifts come in groups called a flock
  215. Swine come in groups called a sounder Teal come in groups called a spring
  216. Termites come in groups called a colony, nest, swarm, or brood
  217. Thrush come in groups called a mutation
  218. Tigers come in groups called a streak, or ambush
  219. Toads come in groups called a knot, knab, or nest
  220. Toodlers come in groups called a tumble (or PITA)
  221. Trout come in groups called a hover
  222. Turkeys come in groups called a rafter, gang, or posse
  223. Turtles come in groups called a bale, nest, turn, or dole
  224. Turtle Doves come in groups called a pitying, or piteousness
  225. Unicorns come in groups called a blessing
  226. Vipers come in groups called a generation, or nest
  227. Vultures come in groups called a venue or kettle
  228. Wallaby come in groups called a mob
  229. Walruses come in groups called a herd, or pod
  230. Wasps come in groups called a nest, swarm
  231. Water ducks come in groups called a raft, team, or paddling
  232. Waterfowl come in groups called a knob, or plump
  233. Weasels come in groups called a gang, colony, or pack
  234. Whales come in groups called a pod, gam, herd, school, or mod
  235. Widgeons come in groups called a company
  236. Wild Cats come in groups called a destruction
  237. Wild Dogs come in groups called a pack
  238. Wildfowl come in groups called a plump
  239. Wild Horses come in groups called a herd
  240. Witches come in groups called a flight or cackle
  241. Wives come in groups called a nag (I dare you to argue that one)
  242. Wolves come in groups called a pack, route, or rout
  243. Wombats come in groups called a wisdom
  244. Woodcocks come in groups called a fall
  245. Woodpeckers come in groups called a descent
  246. Worms come in groups called a bed, clew, bunch, or clat
  247. Wrens come in groups called a herd
  248. Yak come in groups called a herd
  249. Yellow Jacket come in groups called a colony
  250. Zebras come in groups called a Crossing, Zeal, Cohorts, or Herd

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Author: Helicopter Jeff

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